Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is the largest non-profit community health center in the state of Oregon, serving Washington and Yamhill counties. We know it's important to use our power to speak up for healthcare at the local, state, and national levels.

Patients under the federal poverty line
Patients best served in a language other than English

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About voting in Oregon

“Most political parties in Oregon choose to hold closed primaries. In a closed primary, only voters who are registered members of a party can vote for the candidates in that party’s primary. For example, registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary for Governor but not in the Republican primary for Governor. Under Oregon law, political parties can choose to have open or closed primaries.” - Secretary of State

The winners of primary contests from different parties typically face each other in the General Election. All registered voters can participate in the General Election.

Many voters in Oregon are not registered with a political party. Check your registration status​ to see if you are registered as a member of a political party.

The next Oregon statewide election is the May 21, 2024, Primary Election.

Understanding WHO you are voting for is just as important as understanding WHAT their job will be if they get elected. Here are some resources to help you out:

What does the Governor do?  Who is my State Representative and what is their role in Oregon Government? Get a look at some of the top roles both locally and across the state that you will be voting for in November.

Election Day key dates (May)

April 30th, 2024

Last day to register to vote for the November General Election. Registration cards postmarked by this date or submitted online no later than 11:59pm are valid.

May 1st, 2024

Mail-In ballots go out to voters

May 16, 2024

Last day absentee or replacement ballots are required to be mailed out to voters

May 21st, 2024

Election Day

Last day for voters to return ballots. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by election day. Ballots deposited in an official drop box must be received by 8pm on election day.

Farmworker Overtime (FOT)

HB 4002: Farmworker Overtime Pay passed in early 2022, formally being signed into law on April 15th, 2022. The new law will ensure that farmworkers receive overtime wages at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay through a five-year transition period beginning in 2023.

In order to inform farmworkers across Oregon about the new OT law, we need to spread the word.

Virginia Garcia has signed on to be part of the Farmworker Overtime Education Campaign and we need volunteers. If you would like to join us, check out the details below.

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Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers in Oregon
Or Less Annual Pay on Average in 2020
Migrant Youth & Children Live in Oregon

Advocacy Opportunity Ways to Get Involved with FOT

Additional resources:
  • Through our partnerships with those in the community, we are able to offer migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families a variety of resources, including medical and dental services onsite utilizing their medical/dental van.

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Deaths from gun violence in 2019
Mass Shootings in U.S. last year
School shootings in 2022

Gun Safety -  IP17

IP17 is an extensive initiative that targets gun violence through permitting, background checks, a required training course before being issues a weapon, limits magazine sizes and stops the sale, transfer or trade of high capacity magazines for civilian use. 

For more information : 

Advocacy Opportunity Ways to Get Involved with ip17

Additional resources:
  • This organization is leading the passage of IP 17 and has coordinated with several other organizations in generating support. They list several ways to get involved on their website.

  • In addition to supporting Lift Every Voice, they are encouraging folks to call their legislators. They have information on how to do that on their site.

  • A national organization dedicated to ending gun violence.  Made up of more than 8 million members, it is the largest gun safety advocacy group in the country. 

340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Program is an essential source of support for Community Health Centers, and it is under attack. The 340B Program provides substantial cost savings to our patients for their medications. Those savings are re-invested into programs within Virginia Garcia that support the our patients and the communities where they live and work. 

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Patients may lose access to medication
Community Health Centers use 340B Savings
Total U.S. Medication Sales

Advocacy Opportunity Ways to Get Involved with 340B

Additional resources:
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Children impacted by Lift the Bar in Oregon
Immigrant Children living in poverty
Since the ban was enacted

Lift the Bar

The LIFT the BAR Act restores access to public programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP, by removing the five-year bar and other barriers that deny critical care and aid to people who are lawfully present and their families.

Virginia Garcia has signed on with Protecting Immigrant Families as a supporter of this legislation.

For more information : 

Advocacy Opportunity Ways to Get Involved with Lift the bar

Additional resources:


It is important that everyone have a firm understanding of their rights. Below are articles and links to information and resources that will help you stay up-to-date on current events and activities.

How to Be Prepared for an Immigration Raid

For more resources, visit our Health Care Matters page. Given increased enforcement activity in recent months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ... Read More

Public Charge

As of March 9, 2021, the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security public charge regulations no longer exist or apply. All materials on this page have been updated to reflect current public charge policy guidance that went into effect in March 2021. This guidance makes it clear that the use of most public benefits programs, such as health, nutrition, and housing programs, will not have an impact on an individual’s immigration status. That includes, especially, testing, vaccination, and care for COVID-19...Read More

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is still valid. It's difficult to predict how and when... Read More

ILRC "Preparedness Plan" worksheet

The ILRC offers a sample "preparedness plan" worksheet.  It discusses a plan for minor children, and the right to request a hearing before an immigration judge if detained...Read Here

The ACLU "know your rights" material

The ACLU website also provides comprehensive "know your rights" material.  Pages 1, 7,8, and 9, are the most relevant...Read Here

ILRC, free "red cards"

The ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) offers free "red cards" (know your rights cards), that can be ordered from the email provided on their website.  Here is the direct link to ordering the cards...Read Here

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

Immigration Counseling Service is a nonprofit immigration law firm, with offices in Hood River and Portland, and a monthly legal clinic in Central Oregon providing low-cost immigration legal services, outreach, and education Oregon and Southwest Washington. ... Read More

Address: 519 SW Park Ave, Ste. 610
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503.221.1689

Programs offered: Legal Services, Unaccompanied Minor, Social Services, and Client Resources

Languages: English & Español

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

The Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest provides immigration services to refugees, asylees and immigrants. We offer affordable legal assistance in family-based immigration petitions such as Adjustment of Status, Family Reunification and Naturalization... Read More

605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Tel: 503.731.9539
Fax: 503.233.0667

Programs offered: Asylum, Unaccompanied Minor, Cancellation
Languages: English & Español

3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 288
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: 503.924.2448

Programs Offered: Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program; Multicultural Counseling Services

435 NE Evans, Suite A
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503.472.020

Programs Offered: A Family Place Relief Nursery, Collaborative Home Services, Counseling Programs, Family Support and Connections, Healthy Families of Yamhill County, Healthy Relationships, Immigration Counseling and Advocacy, In-Home Safety and Reunification Services, Parent Education Classes, Safe Families for Child

Ways to Get Involved

Additional resources:
  • (National Association of Community Health Centers) Check their website for ways to help you get involved.

  • The National Immigration Law Center provides important information on immigration rights and is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

  • Due to the results of the 2020 Census Oregon now has a new U.S House District 6 congressional seat. Check out how redistricting affects who represents you.

  • One Oregon is a statewide coalition that defends against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect.

  • National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as an Advocacy Center of Excellence, Gold Level

Statement of Nonpartisanship

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. VGMHC’s mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farm workers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

VGMHC may take positions on or advocate with regard to public policy issues pertinent to its mission, consistent with the requirements of applicable Federal and Oregon law. However, VGMHC conducts all of its activities in an entirely nonpartisan manner. VGMHC may acknowledge the elected officials who support us, but we do not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for public office, nor do we intervene in any election on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate or political party.

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